Georgia residents may be aware that there is a nationwide opioid crisis. This has had its effect on crash rates. A new study published in JAMA Network Open analyzed 18,321 fatal two-car crashes recorded in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System and found that 1,467 of the drivers involved in these crashes tested positive for opioids. Not only that, but there were twice as many at-fault opioid users than there were users who were not at fault.
Georgia residents may find it interesting to learn that according to the National Safety Council, around nine people in the United States die every day, and approximately 100 others are injured in automobile accidents stemming from distracted driving.
A study from Michigan State University has resulted in some important data regarding teen drivers and distractions. It comes just in time for Teen Driver Safety Week, which is from Oct. 20 to 26. Parents in Georgia will want to make sure their teens understand the risk they run when driving distracted.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in a study focusing on frontal crashes that injured rear-seat passengers, has found that rear-seat safety is lagging behind front seat safety, though not because of any defect. Rather, front seats have been getting so much attention that rear seats are now deemed the less safe of the two. Residents of Georgia may be wondering what can improve rear-seat safety.
The national president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is encouraging vehicle manufacturers to produce and develop technology in all vehicles to prevent drunk drivers from operating the car. The announcement came at a 2019 congressional hearing. Manufacturers had previously said that such technology should be available by 2020.
Teen drivers, being inexperienced, are usually more liable to get in auto accidents here in Georgia. The chances of an accident are even higher during the summer when teens are out on the road more. Ford Motor Company has pointed to the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as especially dangerous for teen drivers, and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety calls this the 100 deadliest days for teens.
Georgia drivers may be interested to learn that there were a reported 34,247 fatal motor vehicles accidents in 2017 that resulted in 37,133 deaths. Even with automakers consistently coming out with new safety features and high-tech crash avoidance systems, car accidents are still the leading cause of accidental death among teenagers. This may be due to certain vehicles being historically more deadly than others. Therefore, those who are looking for used vehicles for younger or newer drivers should choose their new car carefully.
The National Safety Council and Emergency Responder Safety Institute recently conducted a survey asking drivers what they do when they observe an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. Georgia residents may not be surprised to hear that 71% of respondents said they take photos or videos. This was regardless of whether the vehicle was conducting a routine traffic stop or responding to a fire or crash. Another 60% said they post on social media about it, and 66% email someone.
The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month so that residents of Georgia and across the U.S. may recognize the dangers of that behavior. This year, the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University provided research on various factors behind the growing trend of being distracted behind the wheel.
Georgia drivers who cause fatal two-car accidents might be more likely to be under the influence of alcohol or prescription opioids than drivers who are not at fault. Researchers looked at 18,321 fatal two-car accidents and found that more than 900 drivers who were at fault tested positive for prescription opioids compared to 549 who were not at fault. More than 5,200 motorists who were at fault tested positive for alcohol compared to 1,815 who were not at fault.